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New Study: Undocumented Children Face School and Work Barriers

September 23, 2011

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Children living in the United States with undocumented parents face barriers to educational and employment attainment, as well as emotional damage from living in fear of deportation, according to a new study published in the Harvard Educational Review.

A local student has reached the same conclusions. Lorella Praeli, whose family immigrated illegally to Connecticut from Peru, says growing up as an American kid, but with no legal status, was challenging.

"It's hard to see yourself not as inferior, or to see yourself as equal, when the law constantly reminds you that you're not."

She went public with her undocumented status and helped push through a Connecticut bill this year to provide in-state tuition rates at public colleges for undocumented high school graduates.

Praeli says it was a relief to come out of the closet.

"That single action has the power to transform your whole life and your identity, right, because you're now out. You're your authentic self. There's no more hiding, right?"

Praeli is the director of Connecticut Students for a Dream, an organization tracking students to make sure they can access the in-state tuition rates. . .

"...and to make sure that a smooth process is in place, so that our youth do benefit and take advantage of this law, that is now in effect."

National data show that very few undocumented students graduate from college, and very few of them are hired for jobs that match their degrees, since employers cannot legally hire them.

Connecticut State Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney championed the in-state tuition bill as one step toward achieving legal status for these young people.

"In many cases these are very highly motivated, talented young people whose entire experience - conscious experience - is in the United States. Many of them were brought to Connecticut as toddlers, have no recollection of life anywhere else except in the United States, and in Connecticut."

Connecticut is one of 12 states offering in-state tuition rates to undocumented students.

The study, "Growing Up in the Shadows: The Developmental Implications of Unauthorized Status," is at
www.hepg.org

Melinda Tuhus, Public News Service - CT